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All Souls' Day

"The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God." - Wisdom 3:1

On the Feast of All Souls, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, we pray for the souls of those who have died and are still in purgatory, being prepared for eternal life in heaven.  We believe that we remain connected with members of the Church after death and that we can help those souls in purgatory through our prayers.  Praying for the dead is one of the spiritual works of mercy.

Below you will find some Masses, services, and other commemorations of the All Souls Day.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland

The Consoling Hearts Ministry invites you to an All Souls' Day Mass in remembrance of our loves ones who passed away during the past year.  The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley on Monday, November 2, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street in Portland.

During the Mass, members of the Cathedral’s Consoling Hearts Ministry will read the names of all the individuals who had funeral Masses celebrated at one of the Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes during the past year.  The names will be read 10 at a time, and after each group, there will be a pause during which a candle will be lit and a chime will sound.  

Prior to the Mass, the names of the deceased will also be written into a Book of Remembrance, which be placed near the candles. In addition, those in attendance will be invited to write the names of deceased loved ones on pieces of paper and place them in baskets, which will be brought forward at the beginning of Mass. In that way, those who died in previous years or whose funerals were celebrated elsewhere will also be remembered and have prayers offered for them.

Holy Cross Cemetery, Livermore Falls

On Monday, November 2, in commemoration of the faithful departed, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be led by Father Paul Dumais at Holy Cross Cemetery, 445 Park Street in Livermore Falls at 1 p.m.  An All Souls' Day Mass will then be celebrated at 6 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street in Jay.

Holy Family Church, Old Town

A Mass of Remembrance will be livestreamed from Holy Family Church in Old Town on Monday, November 2, at 6 p.m. During the Mass, prayers will be offered for those who have died in the past year and those whose funerals were celebrated at one of the churches of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord.

Holy Name of Jesus Church, Machias

In celebration of All Souls' Day, a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 8 Free Street in Machias, on Saturday, November 7, at 10 a.m.

Holy Redeemer Church, Bar Harbor

A Mass of Remembrance for all the faithful departed will be celebrated Wednesday, November 4, at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, 56 Mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor.

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Presque Isle

A Mass of Remembrance to pray for loved ones who have passed away will be celebrated on All Souls' Day, Monday, November 2, at 6 p.m., at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 333 Main Street in Presque Isle.  The names of the deceased will be read and a candle lit in remembrance of them during the Mass.  To have a name included in the Mass, please call the rectory at (207) 498-2536 during normal business hours.

St. Bruno - St. Remi Church, Van Buren

An All Souls’ Day Mass will be celebrated at St. Bruno-St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street in Van Buren on Monday, November 2, at 6 p.m. During the Mass, candles will be blessed and lit in memory of the deceased. At the conclusion of the Mass, they will be given to family members to burn at home. Masks and social distancing is a must when coming up after the Mass to get your loved ones candle.  

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 14, at 4 p.m. at St. Bruno-St. Remi Church in Van Buren.

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, Norway

A Mass for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed will be celebrated on Monday, November 2, at 8 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church, located on 32 Paris Street in Norway. The names of persons who had funerals or graveside services in the parish will be read during the Prayers of the Faithful. There will be opportunities throughout November to remember loved ones who have gone before us. Parishioners who want to do so can bring a list of deceased relatives and friends and place the list in basket in the Narthex. Before each Mass, an usher will place the basket in front of the altar.

St. John Church, Bangor

St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor will hold a special All Souls' Day Mass on Saturday, November 7, at 9 a.m. at St. John Church, 217 York Street in Bangor. During the Mass, prayers will be offered for loved ones who have passed away during the past year.  To attend the Mass in person, please call (207) 217-6740.  Face masks and social distancing required. The Mass will also be livestreamed at www.stpaulbangor.me.

St. John's Cemetery, Rumford

An All Souls' Day prayer service will be held at St. John's Cemetery on Isthmus Road in Rumford at noon.

St. Joseph Church, Biddeford

An All Souls' Day Mass will be celebrated Monday, November 2, at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 178 Elm Street in Biddeford.

St. Joseph Church, Bridgton

A Mass for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed will be celebrated on Monday, November 2, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, located on 225 South High Street in Bridgton. The names of persons who had funerals or graveside services in the parish will be read during the Prayers of the Faithful. There will be opportunities throughout November to remember loved ones who have gone before us. Parishioners who want to do so can bring a list of deceased relatives and friends and place the list in basket in the Narthex. Before each Mass, an usher will place the basket in front of the altar.

St. Joseph Church, Ellsworth

A Mass to commemorate all the faithful departed will be celebrated Tuesday, November 3, at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street in Ellsworth.

St. Louis Church, Fort Kent

A Mass will be celebrated for all the souls in purgatory on Monday, November 2, at 4 p.m. at St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street in Fort Kent.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Stonington

A Mass to remember all the faithful departed will be celebrated Tuesday, November 3, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 8 Granite Street in Stonington.

St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Augusta

Fr. John Skehan will celebrate a Mass of Remembrance on Monday, November 2, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church on 41 Western Avenue in Augusta. The Mass will also be live-streamed at www.stmichaelmaine.org/live-stream-st-mary-church.

St. Peter Cemetery, Lewiston

Bishop Robert Deeley will preside at an All Souls' Day prayer service at St. Peter Cemetery, 217 Switzerland Road in Lewiston on Monday, November 2, at 10 a.m.  During the service, the bishop will bless a niche in the All Souls' Remembrance Crypt of the cemetery where unclaimed remains will be placed. Social distancing will be in effect, and face masks must be worn.

St. Rose of Lima Church, Jay

Father Paul Dumais will celebrate an All Souls' Day Mass on Monday, November 2, at 6 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1 Church Street in Jay.  Earlier in the day, at 1 p.m., Father Dumais will lead the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at Holy Cross Cemetery, 445 Park Street in Livermore Falls at 1 p.m.

St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bucksport

An All Souls' Day Mass will be celebrated, Monday, November 2, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street in Bucksport.